2009 Canadian e-Learning Conference Program

Officer Training: A Blended Learning Model for the Investigative Skills Education Program

Session Title: Officer Training: A Blended Learning Model for the Investigative Skills Education Program

Time & Date: 3:05 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., Thursday, June 18, 2009

Location: Rm. 185, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC)

Session Description: The Edmonton Police Service identified an immediate need to update the police training methods. The nature of policing has changed and the complexity of day to day policing has increased significantly. Police officers require on-going training to ensure that they are knowledgeable about current policies and procedures. The development of the curriculum must address the needs of officers so they can effectively investigate crime.

As a result the Edmonton Police Service, In-house Training department is leading the development of the Investigative Skills Education Program (ISEP) a provincial training initiative. The ISEP program has four distinct levels which lead to a level of certification as officers progress through the program. ISEP has utilized a blended learning model to create both theoretical and experiential learning opportunities.

During the instructional planning phase it was noted that officers come to class with a wide range of knowledge and skills. Therefore, officers complete online asynchronous modules and journaling assignments to ensure everyone has the same level of knowledge. The blended learning model offers the learner and instructors with an opportunity to maximize learning. A constructivist approach combined with multi-media and interactive activities in both online and in-class sessions have resulted in a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum.

Conference Stream: Learning and Teaching

Session Format: Panel Discussion

Co-Presenter: Sgt. Carol Glasgow

Co-Presenter: Cheryl Lepatski

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